By Millie Chen & Warren Quigley
In an ideal vision of nature, green is the dominant color because its appearance affirms life. Green is also the the color for the eco-friendly "greening" trends of advertisers and promoters. While the origins of the green palette may have been inspired by natural sources, in this application the experience of nature has become entirely manufactured. Chen and Quigley's Greenroom replicates a living room, the showcase room in the home- a simultaneously private and public space used for relaxation and set aside for entertainment of guests. The prized furnishings and objects within this room are highly maintained and often covered for protection and preservation. Contrary to what the name suggests, the living room is more about fabricated experience than simple existence. In this Greenroom living room, the furnishings are mediated, cast in fiberglass from actual furniture and gel-coated in colored plastic, using a custom palette of natural greens taken from the artists' own backyard. While inferring the contrivances of property, privilege and taste, Greenroom is constructed to also respond to an ironically "natural" manner to its surroundings, much in the way that nature adapts to the urban. This work was originally commission for the Toronto Sculpture Garden.
By Kari Achatz
Flux is composed of large scale hand cut Tyvek scrolls, created by multimedia artist Kari Achatz. Inspired by the movement of life and water at the Buffalo Waterfront and Canalside, Flux changes as the viewer moves and activates the space. Each step and motion changes the spaces, shapes, and shadows seen throughout the installation. Flux reminds us that like water, life is fast and free flowing, contunually changing as you move forward.
River (Niagara) Stereoviews
By Monica Angle
This series River (Niagara) Stereoviews, is very loosely inspired by stereoscopic views of the river. These images are drawn from recent wanderings and visits to various viewing spots along the river. Layers of the water moving across the surface of the previous stratum. Even though a gesture may be repeated, it will not appear the same way twice. This quality of transformative repetition recalls our memory of place.